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Bears, Demons both fall

There’s a reason Greeley West received the No. 2 seed for the Class 4A girls state soccer tournament.”They were very fast,” Glenwood Springs coach Linda Loman said after Tuesday’s playoff game. “They were tall, big, strong girls, and very quick.”The No. 31-seed Demons stuck with Greeley West for a while, but eventually the Spartans took control for a 5-1 victory at District 6 Stadium in Greeley.”It was 0-0 for most of the first half, and I think we really surprised them,” Loman said. “My girls played their hearts out and played a great game.”But once the Spartans got a taste for the net, they quickly separated themselves. Greeley West opened the scoring with a goal off the corner kick, then scored two more goals in the final 15 minutes of the first half to take a 3-0 lead into the intermission.Glenwood managed to avert the shutout when sophomore Karlie Andreas scored off a pass from senior Kaitlyn Otto. Freshman goalie Kelsie Hert also had a busy day, facing 19 shots, according to Loman. The play of youngsters such as Hert and Andreas bodes well for the future of the Demons program, but there will be some big shoes to fill in terms of leadership with the departure of five seniors.”They did great,” Loman said of the graduating players. “Our seniors have been leaders this year and they are just a very important part of this team.”Glenwood finishes with an overall record of 7-7-2. Greeley West (14-1-1) advances to play the Pueblo South (12-2-2), which downed D’Evelyn 3-0 on Tuesday.Cheyenne Mountain too much for BearsKarly Findorff and Brittany Beman each had two goals and an assist as Cheyenne Mountain blanked Rifle 6-0 in the opening round of the Class 4A girls soccer state tournament Tuesday night.The fourth-seed Indians got out to a quick 4-0 lead in the first half and never allowed the No. 29 Bears to get into the game. Caitlyn Turner and Whitney Hough each faced a pair of shots to split the shutout in goal.Rifle finishes the season with a record of 8-6-2. Cheyenne Mountain (12-2-2) advances to the second round against the winner of Pueblo Centennial and Northridge.– The Western Slope League’s top two seeds both advanced Tuesday night. No. 5-seed Steamboat Springs downed Widefield 5-2, and No. 10 Battle Mountain edged Thomas Jefferson 3-2.


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